Biome Opens Tomorrow

Lots of updates and a good time to reflect now that Ventana enters its fourth month being open.  We have a new workshop schedule, another live music event, clothes swapping, and the after school sessions going well.
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November is here! 
New show, new schedule and new treasures in store - and, last, a free giveaway contest.

This weekend we say a fond farewell to the beautiful (and nearly sold out) "Horizons East" show and we welcome in the colourful and thought provoking "Biome" show from our second resident artist Woodrow WhitePlease join us for opening drinks and nibbles tomorrow night (Monday 7th 7-9pm).

Our new workshop schedule is here!

Here's a taster of some of the exciting new creative activities on offer over the next couple of months:

Aquarelle Watercolour in natureLeather Sandal or Belt MakingSilver Ring BandHoliday Beauty Scrub and Facial Spray Gift Midweek Morning SessionsInaugural 'Naked Lady' Clothes Swap, more Painting of Masterpieces, Sip by Sip and more Life Drawing. Check the rest out online!

Live music is coming back to Ventana.  This weekend we had the lovely Sarah Dill playing in our gallery.  It was an absolutely beautiful acoustic performance that brought several in the audience to tears.  Please see our Facebook pagefor a video clip.

Sarah will be back at our next ticketed performance with Monty Bevins.  Monty is a renown New Zealand musician and will be at Ventana for an evening performance on Friday, the 2nd of December.  Sign up early to get the discounted ticket rate of $30.

Naked Lady Social
Check it out, this is a fun monthly community event, starting at Ventana next month.  Live Music and Clothes Swapping.  Have fun, get social, save money and get an awesome new wardrobe all while raising money for our NZ Waterways.  

First NLS is on 11th December 7:30pm.

SIGN UP SPECIAL 'Paint the Masterpiece, Sip by Sip' & 'Life Drawing'


The monthly drawing and painting sessions are going very well.  For many it is becoming a regular event on their calendar.  We are having a blast and want to spread the joy with our new sign up discount offer.  If you sign up for five classes you get the 6th class for free! To get the multiple class offer please email:

Our first artist in resident Mark Johnsen kicked off our artist in residence programme in great style.  Mark was a fabulous visitor and fell in love with our lovely little town.  Mark gave several excellent workshops, made beautiful artworks in the shop and many homes throughout New Zealand are now proud owners of his works.  

Thank you to The Star who recently published a lovely article about Mark and his work.

Our second artist in residence, Woodrow White, has just arrived and is also looking forward to getting to know our community.  Woodrow's watercolour and gouche paintings are typically known for their subtle commentary on the illusion created in Hollywood with film.  Having grown up in Southern California and later schooled in the Bay Area, Woodrow loves looking at the intersection between ego, reality and what really makes people tick.  Why not join Woodrow on the Aquarelle workshop Sunday 13th November 1-4pm.

Woodrow will be in the gallery painting throughout his stay at Ventana and will finish up his New Zealand visit with a week at New Pacific Studios, Mt Bruce.  Come and see his show "Biome" - up until the 6th December.


Several new ceramicists are now in the store including Iranian Elnaz Nourizadeh with her beautiful brightly coloured tumblers and bowls.  

Also Milly Dent, a Sydney based ceramicist, known for her marbled porcelain tumblers and platters.  

And we have more on offer  from Lucy Coote of Salad Days (Masterton and Sydney based).

New necklaces have also arrived from the striking Moroccan inspired Collection by Zoe and Morgan. 

And now you lucky people it's CONTEST TIME!

Here is a wee riddle....“What is a pirate’s favourite letter?”  First person to guess correctly wins their choice of any Spring or Summer workshop currently scheduled.

Good luck and come visit us in the store soon!

The Ventana Team